At the annual general meeting of Wandsworth Liberal Democrats the following people were elected to the executive committee.
Wandsworth Council Leader Ravi Govindia has been accused of “playing the blame game with millions of lives in order to curry favour” with Mrs May by a leading local Lib Dem and national campaigner for the rights of EU nationals.
Coun. Govindia joined the conservative leaders of Kensington and Chelsea to write directly to chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier to demand that he be more flexible in order to reach an agreement that protected the rights of EU nationals in the UK.
Having heard of the premature and highly unpopular cull of trees along Chestnut Avenue Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, came to see for herself and find out more about what has been happening.
A few years ago, Jon Irwin ran a petition calling on the Mayor to make improvements to Tooting Bec Road, from the Lido to the tube. We now have a first consultation.
A Lib Dem campaign for a safe cycle route along Queenstown Road has won the backing of Transport for London.
The Wandsworth Lib Dems have never been better placed . We recently crashed through the 1,000-member mark and numbers will soar even higher following Mrs May’s decision to order the country to political battle stations.
Caroline Pidgeon urges Chris Grayling to reverse cuts for access improvements at seven south London train stations.
At their combined AGMs on 24 November Putney Liberal Democrats and Battersea & Tooting Liberal Democrats passed resolutions to combine into a single local party, Wandsworth Liberal Democrats, to cover the whole borough of Wandsworth.
Matthew Green, Chair of the Battersea & Tooting Liberal Democrats commented: "The local parties in Wandsworth have seen an astonishing growth in membership - more than trebling in two years. This shows that there is a lot of latent support for the party here, in spite of the dominance of the council by the Conservatives and Labour. This new organisation will help us exploit that opportunity."
The meeting also appointed an Executive Committee for the new local party, to take effect on 1 January 2017:
Chair: Caroline Ogden
Treasurer: Matthew Green
Secretary: Eileen Riley Arms
Membership Development Officer: Jon Irwin
Data Officer: Andy Hinton
Committee members: Stephen Bieneck, Hugh Brown, Mark Gitsham, Carol Griffiths, Varun Manthri, Jordi Martinez, Katie Merrell, Constanza de Toma
Prospective Parliamentary candidates: Richard Davies (Battersea), Alex Glassbrook (Tooting), Ryan Mercer (Putney)
The Liberal Democrats are to adopt a unified borough organisation, according to proposals agreed by the executives of Battersea and Tooting Liberal Democrats and Putney Liberal Democrats in October. These proposals will be put to members at a joint AGM on 24 November 2016.
When the Liberal Democrats were formed from the merger of the Liberal Party and the SDP in 1988, each of Wandsworth's three parliamentary constituencies had its own local party. The Battersea and Tooting parties merged shortly after, as membership at the time was weak, especially in Battersea. Membership now is at record levels, with over 750 across the borough. This follows dramatic growth locally after the general election of 2015 and the EU referendum earlier this year. However, changes to the way constituency boundaries are determined mean that it is more appropriate to organise on a borough basis.
"We want to work on success in local government elections first, as a basis for building support in parliamentary elections," says Putney Chair Godfrey Shocket, "so focusing on the borough makes sense, as well as being a better use of volunteer time."
"It was first proposed to merge the parties in the 1990s, but it was never considered a priority. However most local parties in London now work on a borough basis, including neighbouring Richmond and Merton, so now is a good moment to make the change," says Matthew Green, Chair of Battersea and Tooting Liberal Democrats.
"Our recent membership surge shows that there are many party supporters here in Wandsworth who are badly served by the Conservative and Labour parties. This is a good base from which the merged party can build," adds Matthew.
More details on the merger for members are here.
Wandsworth Liberal Democrats are delighted that TfL are to review options for cycle facilities along Tooting Bec Road, following a petition the party submitted to City Hall. This will form part of the Quietway initiative linking Croydon to Waterloo.